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Where could pure-play Wessanen pounce?

After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a...

The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challen...

Focus: Can Mars gain share in Indian chocolate?

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominat...

Analysis: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food s...


Sustainability Watch: McDonald's antibiotics move could be seminal moment 19 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

Campaigners have welcomed McDonald's announcement on antibiotic use in chickens but are concerned that the move is confined to the US. Ben Cooper discusses whether the fast-food operator's decision could spur more action on both sides of the Atlantic.


Digesting digital: E-commerce becomes battleground for infant formula brands in China 16 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

E-commerce has rapidly emerged as a key battleground for multinational infant formula manufacturers in China. In a category that has come under recent pressure, changing consumer patterns and a shift in the way people shop in the country has resulted in the mass migration of Chinese infant formula purchases to online channels. Katy Askew looks at how this fast-paced sector is developing.


In the spotlight: Green Giant talk underlines pressure at General Mills 16 Mar 2015

Dean Best

General Mills is reported to be considering putting its canned and frozen vegetable business Green Giant on the block. The US food group has refused to comment but, given its sales are under pressure and with US consumers turning away from more processed foods, it seems plausible the company would be weighing up a sale. Dean Best reports.


Analysis: Australia moves a step closer to protecting suppliers 11 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place for manufacturers to do business? Ben Cooper reports.


Deal or no deal: Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat 10 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.


just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at Natural Products Expo West 9 Mar 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The Natural Products Expo West has become a key date in the US food industry calendar - and its significance has grown amid changes in consumer demand. Categories like free-from and organic are buoyant in the US and are attracting the attention of mainstream manufacturers searching for growth. In these ever-more competitive categories, innovation is vital and here is just-food's pick of the top ten on-trend products showcased at this year's event.


IRI's inside track: The varied trends for FMCG sales in Europe 9 Mar 2015

Tim Eales, IRI

The economic performance of markets in Europe was mixed in 2014 and signs of recovery are hard to find in a number of countries. The impact on FMCG sales has been suitably varied. IRI's Tim Eales crunches the numbers to pull out the key trends and suggests some optimism of stronger volumes in 2015.


Briefing: 11 menu trends shaping US foodservice 5 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

With foodservice sales increasing their share of total food expenditure in the US, just-food's latest management briefing examines how manufacturers can cash in on this expanding channel. In order to secure supply deals at appropriate price points, packaged food manufacturers must demonstrate the value of their brands. Providing relevant, innovative products is key. An understanding of menu trends is a prerequisite for this, staying in tune with ever-evolving consumption patterns is a must. Here is just-food’s pick of the hot menu trends shaping US foodservice today.


Analysis: Optimism in UK organic industry 2 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

After some rocky years, the UK organic sector has reason to be cheerful again, with sales rising in 2014 against the backdrop of a declining overall market. Ben Cooper finds out why there is optimism among those in organic.


Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge 26 Feb 2015

Ben Cooper

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and other aspects of sustainable packaging has been highlighted in a new report published by campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ben Cooper reports.


M&A Watch: Where next in eastern Europe could Maspex pounce? 25 Feb 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Poland-based food and drink group Maspex has grown to become one of the sector's largest companies in central and eastern Europe. A move in December for parts of local peer Agros Nova's business pushed Maspex's turnover above EUR1bn. In his latest M&A Watch column, Stefan Kirk of advisory firm Glenboden, looks where Maspex could swoop next.


On the money: Can Danone build growth in fresh dairy? 20 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Danone's fresh dairy sales struggled throughout 2014. Nevertheless, as the world's largest dairy manufacturer, the company believes it can lead the category back to growth in stagnant markets like Europe and the US. Katy Askew reports.


CAGNY: Hain CEO Simon sanguine about competition 19 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Hain Celestial can deal with any increase in competition in the US natural and organic sector from the country's mainstream consumer packaged goods companies. That was the typically bullish message from Irwin Simon, Hain's founder and CEO, as he addressed the Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference this week.


10 Things to Learn: Nestle's full-year results and the prospects for 2015 19 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle reported full-year results that were broadly in-line with expectations, along with a slight beat on margin, this morning (19 February). While the company is struggling to hit its medium-term organic growth target of 5-6%, the "Nestle Model", it is nevertheless driving efficiency gains while investing in its advantaged brands and categories. Here are some key points from Nestle's full-year results.


What the analysts say: Nestle's solid finish to 2014 19 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle revealed today (19 February) that full-year earnings rose on one-time gains and improved margins. Net sales were down due to the impact of currency exchange but the company booked organic sales growth of 4.5%. The sales performance met consensus expectations but came in below the "Nestle Model" that targets organic growth of 5-6% in the medium term. Shares in the Swiss food giant remained relatively flat this morning, reflecting the market's lukewarm response to Nestle's outlook - with sales expected to grow by "around 5%" in 2015 - and concerns over currency exchange.


CAGNY: Mondelez emphasises growth plans 18 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Mondelez International has pursued an aggressive cost-cutting agenda that has seen it maintain profits in the face of growth-limiting macroeconomic headwinds. Even as the company said it expects margin expansion to be the primary profit driver in 2015, it would appear that Mondelez is shifting its focus to long-term growth initiatives. Katy Askew reports.


CAGNY: General Mills craving better-for-you growth 18 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Right-sizing and a continued acceleration to position itself as a "better-for-you" food maker are likely to feature heavily on General Mills' agenda in the near term, an audience at this year's Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference was told.


On the money: No quick wins for Kellogg 13 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Kellogg appeared to be getting real yesterday and slashed long-term sales targets, following yet another set of disappointing numbers that suggested the road to recovery for its core cereal category could be a long one.


10 Things To Learn: Mondelez's 2014 results and 2015 outlook 12 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Mondelez International's shares rose on the back of a fourth-quarter earnings beat but the company's performance, particularly on its top line, was mixed in 2014. We list the key points from the Cadbury maker's results and its guidance for 2015.


Focus: UK review into online ads shows more research needed 12 Feb 2015

Ben Cooper

The publication of the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) literature review on the impact of online food and drink advertising on children yielded few surprises and leaves many important questions unanswered.


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